Organic Rice Harvest Festival
A team of five students and one escort teacher from Delhi Public School, Patna participated in Organic Rice Harvest Festival organised by Traumata, Patna. Children got an opportunity to understand the importance of organic farming and how relevant it is in present scenario where the food is becoming more and more poisonous due to increased use of chemicals as pesticides and fertilisers. A bright cheery morning greeted the students as they gathered at the Tarumitra Bio reserve and soon they were joined by the participants from 21 other schools. Father Tony Pendanath, Director Tarumitra, Ms Devopriya and other volunteers welcomed the students with open arms.
The programme started with the welcome address by Ms Devopriya Dutta, Coordinator Tarumitra who highlighted the work done by the organisation at local and global level. She said that it started in 1988 with a mission to save environment from degradation and promote ecological sensitivity. At present 6 acres of land is being used for organic farming. Approx. 450 plant species are available in the campus and most of the plants have been planted by the students from various schools of Patna. Father Tony Pendanath, Director, Tarumitra emphasised that our food should be free from any harmful chemicals and this is why they have started organic farming at their centre. Tarumitra is acting as the lungs of Patna which has plenty of trees to purify air.From student’s side, Ananya Bhardwaj and Divyanshu Pandey of Delhi Public School Patna acknowledged the efforts of Tarumitra in motivating and educating the future generation to combat environmental changes.
They informed the gathering that DPS Patna has been taking initiatives to protect our environment through Green School programme, Khetify- roof top organic farming, drip irrigation, rain water harvesting, vermicomposting etc.The inauguration was done by Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar, Mr Sushil Kumar Modi with plantation of seeds. He said that it is a big challenge for all of us to protect our environment and everyone should work for it. Students being the future of the nation need to understand and inculcate organic practices in their day to day life. The programme ended with the harvesting of paddy plants by the students. Children thoroughly enjoyed the harvesting and got hands-on-experience of farming.